A Letter from the District Attorney

Welcome to the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office website

The 23rd JDA has the responsibility and authority to investigate and prosecute crimes in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption and St. James. In addition, your District Attorney’s office handles a wide variety of other matters within the district including child support enforcement, juvenile matters, and the civil representation of most of the public entities located in the 23rd Judicial District. Ricky Babin, who was elected twice by the residents of that tri-parish area, is the District Attorney. Joining District Attorney Babin is a team of Assistant District Attorneys, Researchers, Investigators and Administrative and Support staff, all focused on one common goal, – the full and effective prosecutions of criminals in order to keep our tri-parish area the safest it can be.

We invite you to take a look around, where you will find useful information on many services we offer, along with a personnel list so you can reach the right people at the right time.


During the week of October 8-October 12, 2018, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James.

Ascension Parish: Rustin Guillot, 355 Hood St. Donaldsonville, LA., age 28, pled guilty to Auto Burglary and was sentenced to 6 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3…READ MORE

St. James Parish Man Pleads Guilty Following 2014 Murder of 12-Year-Old Step-Daughter

          On October 12, 2018, just days prior to his scheduled trial date, 47-year-old John Celestine Jr. of 8308 Pecan Lane St. James, LA., pled guilty to the charge of 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the 2014 murder of…READ MORE